From Corporate Player to Franchise Owner, Shub Hedge Never Looked Back

When the company you’ve worked for suddenly decides you are expendable, your sense of security can vanish, even if you are the calmest of personalities. However, for Shub Hegde, the experience meant just one thing: Opportunity. It was the early 1990s and Hegde, who was born in a small town in southern India and moved…

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DDIFO Honors Three Franchisees with Inclusion into the Hall of Fame

Bill Daly: Company man turned franchisee When he came to the stage to accept the honor of being inducted into the DDIFO Hall of Fame, Bill Daly shared a story from his first day as a franchisee. Daly, who had spent 29 years as a company man, in both the Howdy Beef ’n’ Burger and Dunkin’…

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California, Here We Come…

California’s great gold rush started in 1848. By 1855, some 300,000 came to the Golden State, hoping to strike it rich. Now, 159 years later, there is a new rush going on—this one for a share of the state’s giant coffee market. California is the nation’s most populated state—one out of eight people living in…

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Betting on the Vegas Economy

It’s been called Sin City and the Entertainment Capital of the World, but six years ago, many described Las Vegas a different way. “It was nasty and bleak,” says Arvind Menon, president and CEO of Meadows Bank in Las Vegas. According to Menon, when the U.S. economy crashed, Vegas “looked like a battle zone. A…

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Blackjack for Your Business

I had planned to write a great article for this issue using the parable “Six Blind Men and an Elephant” to highlight how franchise owners from different regions within the Dunkin’ footprint may individually face different issues – development, price points, supply or something else – and how those issues can influence how they see…

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Increased Cost of Doing Business

Serving coffee and donuts to the U.S. military is soon going to become a lot more expensive for Dunkin’ franchise owners thanks to a looming wage hike ordered up by the federal government. Operators of quick service restaurants located on military bases, including Dunkin’ Donuts, face a jump in the minimum wage to $10.10 an…

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Independent Joe: August/ September 2014

Those attending the Conference – where we’ll celebrate our 25th Anniversary as an independent organization representing Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners – will also experience some cutting edge information with an outstanding program of presentations, the DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction, and an exceptional Exposition Hall with our sponsor/exhibitors providing the goods, services and products that…

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Ready to Roll in Reno

Nicole Hansen is Eager to Establish Dunkin’ Donuts in Western Nevada Nicole Hansen loves coffee. As a teenager, she would drink iced mocha with whipped cream, but as she matured so did her taste. “As I became older and trained my pallet, I began to discover some good blends of Arabica beans. Now I prefer…

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Hi-Tech Sound

Hi-Tech Sound has served Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners nationwide since 1996. Its Mixhits Radio music service is designed to enrich the in-store guest experience. Dunkin’ Radio powered by Mixhits Radio is real radio featuring local and national DJs talking exclusively about Dunkin’ products. The service delivers a commercial-free and family-friendly blend of today’s hits and…

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